Jan 31, 2013




Go to this if you can!!  Big ideas about micro cinemas. 


Thursday January 31st at 7:30pm
Hosted at UNIONDOCS, 322 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

NYFVC is pleased to kick off the year with a Microcinema Summit. New York City has a diverse history of alternative screening spaces, yet many agree it’s currently undergoing a watershed moment with new crops of intimately-sized venues redefining the way audiences encounter work, interact with each other, and gain exposure to new cinematic forms.

Come listen to a panel of owners, organizers and programmers representing some of these venues, all with varying kinds of programming and operating models, who will address everything from organization and administration to programming and outreach: mission statements, volunteer organization, approaches to institutional support, developing programming, working with outside curators, supporting artists, community relations, and more. It will be insightful but not overly formal (how to juggle making popcorn AND take tickets!), eventually developing into an open discussion between the audience and participants.

Light Industry - Thomas Beard, Co-Founder and Director
Maysles Cinema - Jessica Green, Cinema Director
Microscope Gallery - Elle Burchill
Spectacle - Steve Macfarlane, Head Programmer/Volunteer
UnionDocs - Christopher Allen, Founder/Artistic Director

Moderated by Rachael Rakes, Film co-editor for the Brooklyn Rail and Assistant Curator of Film at Museum of the Moving Image

FREE for NYFVC Members, $9 General Public

RSVP at nyfvcRSVP@gmail.com or get your ticket here in advance:www.nyfvc.org. Or join NYFVC today - $40 for 10 free events during the year (like this one).

Jan 30, 2013


Since our Curating Moving Images troupe will be spending a good bit of time reading about Amos Vogel, I thought it appropriate to say that the upcoming Anthology Film Archives event is one of many good opportunities Downtown offers for student reports. (Unfortunately the curated screens of short films are not on until March.) As you might know, Vogel died in 2012, at age 91. A film critic of the same cohort, Andrew Sarris, also died last year. Anthology is also paying him tribute with a series in February and March.

Andrew Sarris: Expressive Esoterica 

Text below from Anthology's printed quarterly calendar. 

February 6-19, March 7-14 

Published in 1973, FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART is an oft-referenced, hugely influential, landmark text in the history of film literature. A book with no discernible beginning, middle, or end, it's as energizing, entertaining, and important a work of film criticism as any that has ever been written – a labyrinthine trek through world cinema via one man's visionary cosmology. That man was Cinema 16 and New York Film Festival founder Amos Vogel (1922-2012), who dedicated his life to supporting the pioneering efforts of independent artists and aesthetic rebels. In its radical, impassioned polemics and dialectically-placed film frames, FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART is the fulcrum of Vogel's years as a film programmer, festival juror, lecturer, and critic. Citing numerous films that have become increasingly difficult to see due to the vagaries of distribution, his book remains a Pandora's box of cinematic treasures and an astute elucidation of the artist's role in contemporary society. 

To honor Amos and this singular work, Anthology is pleased to present an extensive film series featuring more than two dozen works discussed in FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART. Organized to reflect the structure of the book, with films chosen to represent particular chapters, this program brings together a hugely varied and eclectic collection of works, the majority of them unscreened in NYC for many years. Taken together, they demonstrate not only the riches that lie within Vogel's book, but the extraordinary potential of the cinema, especially in the hands of truly visionary, vanguard artists. 

Co-curated by Michael Chaiken; special thanks to Steven & Loring Vogel, Brian Belovarac & Sarah Finklea (Janus), Cassie Blake (Academy Film Archive), Chris Chouinard (Park Circus), Rebecca Cleman (Electronic Arts Intermix), Christophe Deverdun (Blaq Out), Sam Di Iorio, Jane Gutteridge (National Film Board of Canada), Henrikku, Go Hirasawa, Tanja Horstmann (Arsenal), Jonathan Howell (New Yorker), Jyette Jensen, Gabe Klinger & Kitty Cleary (MoMA), Mark Johnson (Harvard Film Archive), Joel Kozberg, Gérard Leblanc, Kate Millett, Stephen Parr, Boris Pollet, Julian Ross, Elena Rossi-Snook (NYPL), MM Serra (Film-Makers' Coop), Gaël Teicher (P.O.M. Films), and Zelimir Zilnik & Sarita Matijevic (Playground produkcija). 

Except where noted, all film descriptions are from Amos Vogel's FILM AS A SUBVERSIVE ART. Anthology's series has been organized in collaboration with the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, which will present its own Amos Vogel tribute in March; for more details visit: www.movingimage.us/films.

Jan 29, 2013

" The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff" - A talk and screening by Zoe Beloff


Zoe Beloff is one of the most interesting and eccentric media artists of our day. Here's her invitation to an event on Feb. 7.
-- dgs

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Zoe Beloff <zoe@zoebeloff.com>
Subject: " The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff" - A talk and screening at the Drawing Center

On Thursday February 7th, I am giving a short talk and screening at the Drawing Center. I will be presenting drawings and video excerpts from my installation, "The Infernal Dream of Mutt and Jeff", which explores the intersection between the cinematic apparatus, industrial management and modernism.

You can find out more about the event here:
The other people on the program look really interesting too!

Time:  6.30pm
Date: Thursday February 7, 2013
Place: The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
New York NY 10003

Zoe Beloff                            

Jan 28, 2013

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January 28, 2013

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